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Huston Smith on the Convergence of Faith and Science

April 26, 2012

Huston Smith

I was impressed with Professor Huston Smith‘s explanation of how faith and science, which are usually at loggerheads with each other, are actually complementary and equally true. Smith is the author of The World’s Religions, which has sold three million copies and helped change America’s religious landscape when it was published in 1958.

This essay by Ptolemy Tompkins, who at the time was the Assistant Managing Editor at Guideposts, was printed in the May 2008 issue of Guideposts.

How faith and science can both be true—and how one teenager knew his life here on earth was significant

It was in high school that I first started hearing about the battle between faith and science and how that battle had been won by science.

“Faith was fine in the Dark Ages when people didn’t know how the universe really worked,” my friend Bruce, an aspiring science major, would explain to me—with the tone of an adult explaining a completely obvious truth to a stubborn child. “But there’s no (more…)